Max Riemelt

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Max Riemelt
Riemelt at the Berlinale 2017
Born (1984-01-07) 7 January 1984 (age 34)
East Berlin, East Germany
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present
Children 1

Max Riemelt (born 7 January 1984)[1] is a German actor, best known internationally for playing Wolfgang Bogdanow in the Netflix series Sense8.

In Germany, he is known for many years of television and cinema both acting and directing.


Riemelt's career began in Germany at the age of 13, in the TV productions "Eine Familie zum Küssen" and "Praxis Bülowbogen".

The following year Riemelt plays his first leading role in the ZDF Christmas series Zwei Allein (director: Matthias Steurer): the Waisenkind "Max Loser". The film is produced mainly in the summer holidays 1998 in Berlin and Hamburg. In the video for the title song "Two of a Kind" by the Hamburg duo "R & B" Max Riemelt has a cameo appearance. The music stations VIVA and MTV show the video. The single has been sold more than 450,000 times.[2]

He decided early on that he was not interested in stage acting. "I have an aversion to drama schools because their methods seem suspect to me. The way they treat people is sometimes inhuman, they build people up and then break them. Some people can cope with this, but I don't want to risk that".[3]

He explains that he feels "much happier in front of a camera than acting on a stage. I am a minimalist as far as my approach to acting is concerned" and prefers working for cinema, although "I am prepared to work for television if it is an interesting project, there is a good script and the characters are good."

Similarly, he welcomes the chance every now and then to act in student films "because it gives me the chance to try out things and bring in my own ideas and often create quite different characters from the ones they had originally planned".[4]

He has starred in all of Dennis Gansel's feature films, starting with Mädchen, Mädchen.

In 2013, he starred in the movie Free Fall with Hanno Koffler, in which he plays Kay Engel, a Police Officer in training.

From 2015 to 2018, he starred in the Netflix series Sense8 in which he plays the Wolfgang Bogdanow, a German locksmith.

He recently starred in the Psychological thriller Berlin Syndrome alongside Australian actress Teresa Palmer. Although the film received mixed reviews, both Palmer and Riemelt garnered praise for their performances.

In one of the interviews Max said that he has a daughter.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Eine Familie zum Küssen Movie role
1998 Zwei allein Max TV role
1999 Ein Weihnachtsmärchen — Wenn alle Herzen schmelzen Lukas Movie role
2000 Der Bär ist Ios Tom Movie role
2000 Brennendes Schweigen Schappi Movie role
2001 Mädchen, Mädchen Flin Movie role
2001 Mein Vater und andere Betrüger Robertino Movie role
2002 Alphateam – Die Lebensretter im OP Timo TV role, 1 episode
2003 Wolffs Revier Harald Bernhard TV role, 1 episode
2003 Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei Marcel Freese TV role, 1 episode
2003 In aller Freundschaft Mirco Venske TV role, 1 episode
2003 Lottoschein ins Glück Björn Michels Movie role
2004 Sextasy Short film
2004 Balko Ingo Grabowski TV role, 1 episode
2004 Neuland Short film
2004 Mädchen, Mädchen 2 – Loft oder Liebe Flin Movie role
2004 Before the Fall Friedrich Weimer Movie role
2005 Feinde Deutscher Soldat Short film
2005 Hallesche Kometen Ingo Movie role
2005 Videotagebuch von Dennis Gansel Friedrich Weiemer / Himself Short video
2005 Nachtasyl Aljoscha Movie role
2006 Der rote Kakadu Siggi Movie role
2006 Der Untergang der Pamir Carl-Friedrich von Krempin Movie role
2006 Der Kriminalist Michael Büssig TV role, 1 episode
2007 GG 19 — Eine Reise durch Deutschland in 19 Artikeln Edgar Movie role
2007 An die Grenze Gefreiter Kerner Movie role
2007 Möderischer Frieden Charly Movie role
2008 Die Zigarrenkiste Tjark Evers Short film
2008 Up! Up! To the Sky Arnold Movie role
2008 The Wave Marco Movie role
2008 Lauf um Dein Leben — Vom Junkie zum Ironman Andreas Neidrig Movie role
2008 Die Schattenboxer Boxer Short film
2008 Tausend Ozeane Meikel Movie role
2009 13 Semester Momo Movie role
2010 Sehsüchte: Underworld Young Man Short film
2010 Im Angesicht des Verbrechens Marek Gorsky TV role, 10 episodes
2010 We Are the Night Tom Movie role
2011 Tage die bleiben Lars Movie role
2011 Der Staatsanwalt Markus Pohl TV role, 1 episode
2011 Schadmal — Der Tote im Berg Thomas Hafner Movie role
2011 Urban Explorer Kris Movie role
2011 Playoff Thomas Movie role
2012 The Fourth State Dima Movie role
2012 Auslandseinsatz Daniel Gerber Movie role
2012 Heiter bis Wolkig Tim Movie role
2012 The German Friend Friedrich Burg Movie role
2012 Du hast es versprochen Marcus Movie role
2013 Free Fall Kay Engel Movie role
2013 Der letzte Bulle Dennis Paschmann TV role, 1 episode
2013 Blutgeld Ralf Seifert Movie role
2013 Der zweite Mann Adrian Davids Movie role
2014 Elly Beinhorn — Alleinflug Bernd Rosemeyer Movie role
2014 Warsaw 44 Johann Krauss Movie role
2014 Auf das Leben! Jonas Movie role
2015 Lichtgestalten Movie role
2015 Freistatt Bruder Krapp Movie role
2015 Amnesia Jo Gellert Movie role
2015 Storno: Todsicher versichert Rupert Halmer Movie role
2015-2018 Sense8 Wolfgang Bogdanow Main Role, 24 episodes
2017 Berlin Syndrome Andi Movie role


  • 2004: Best Actor for Napola (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)[5]
  • 2006: Best Young Actor for Der Rote Kakadu (de) (Bavarian Film Awards)


  1. ^ "Max Riemelt". Tumblr.  Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Biografie -". Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Max Riemelt". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Last Combat of Max Riemelt vs Jessica Schwarz". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Festival Photos". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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